Arts & Letters Prizes

Arts & Letters Prizes19th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Judges Announced


Richard Garcia is the author of the collection, The Flying Garcias, published by University of Pittsburgh. The Other Odyssey won the 2012 American Poetry Journal Book Prize, and his book, Porridge, won the Press 53 Prize and appeared in early 2016. Richard Garcia’s publication credits include Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, and The Colorado Review, and among his distinctions are the Pushcart Prize, Best American Poetry, the Georgia Poetry Circuit, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. For twelve years he was Poet-in-residence at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where he conducted workshops in art and poetry for hospitalized children. Richard teaches creative writing in the Antioch University Los Angeles MFA program, as well as privately throughout the United States.

Creative Nonfiction

Sonja Livingston‘s latest book, Ladies Night at the Dreamland, combines history, memory and imagination to interact with and illuminate the lives of fascinating American women from the past. The result is a series of poetic essays. Her book, Queen of the Fall uses memory and personal experience to consider the lives of girls and women she’s known more personally. Sonja’s first book, Ghostbread, won an AWP Book Prize for Nonfiction. Her writing has been honored with a NYFA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Award, and Arts & Letters Essay Prize, and grants from Vermont Studio Center and The Deming Fund for Women. Sonja teaches creative writing at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) in Richmond, and in the study abroad program through the University of New Orleans in such places as San Miguel de Allende, Edinburgh, and Cork. She is married to the artist Jim Mott.


Amy Hassinger has written three novels: Nina: Adolescence, The Priest’s Madonna, and After the Dam. Her writing has been translated into Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Indonesian and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She’s placed work in many publications, including The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, The Writers’ Chronicle, and The Los Angeles Review of Books. She earned her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and teaches in the University of Nebraska’s low-residency MFA in Writing Program. She grew up in Massachusetts, and now lives in Urbana, Illinois, where she produces the micro-podcast The Literary Life, sings in a jazz trio, and bothers her children.

Poetry, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction Winners will appear in next year’s Fall or Spring issue of Arts & Letters.
Drama: Iona Sun
The Drama Prize winner will attend the production of the prize-winning one-act play at the Georgia College campus (usually in March).


About the Prizes
For our prizes in fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction, we offer the winner a $1,000 prize and publication in the next year’s Fall or Spring issue. The prize-winning one-act play winner receives a $500 prize and travel support to attend the prize play production at the Georgia College campus (usually in March.) Our prizes are made possible through generous gifts to our prize endowments from Dr. Martin Lammon, Dr. Barry Darugar, Bahram and Fari Atefat, and other friends of Arts & Letters. If you are interested in contributing to our endowments, please contact us!

All submitters receive a digital subscription of Arts & Letters, which will include the issue prize winners are published in.

Arts & Letters Fiction Prize
Susan Atefat Prize in Creative Nonfiction
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction: prose manuscripts up to 25 pages, typed, double-spaced

Rumi Prize in Poetry
Poetry: 4-6 poems per submission, typed, single-spaced

Drama: one-act play of 30-60 pages typed in standard stage play format

Please do not include your name on the uploaded file you submit to any genre. All fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction prize submissions will be considered for publication at regular payment rates.

Please submit for the prizes during our prize submission period, February 1 – March 31. The entry fee is $20 ($10 for the one-act drama prize). All submissions are through our Submittable site:



18th Annual Arts & Letters Prize Winners

Rumi Prize for Poetry
Judge: Richard Garcia
WINNER: George Looney, for poems after photographs by Walker Evans
Keith Wilson
Jennie Malboeuf
Lucas Jacob
Richard Widerkehr
Kateri Kosek
Samuel Piccone
Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley
Patricia Colleen Murphy

Fiction Prize

Judge: Amy Hassinger
WINNER: Leslie Campbell, for “The Tasmanians”
Wes Civilz
Stephen Hundley
Sarah Earle Záhořík

Susan Atefat Prize for Creative Nonfiction
Judge: Sonja Livingston
WINNER: Courtney Zoffness, for “It May All End in Aleppo”
Margaret MacInnis
David Rompf
Elizabeth Mosier
Kelly Bowen
Barbara Tran

Drama Prize
Judge: Iona Sun
WINNER: Marc Aronoff, for “The Lantern Bearers”
Cary Pepper
Robert Daseler
Rachel Joseph
Joseph Eastburn
Mark Fink
Kristin Hanratty

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